How To Record and Save a Photoshop Action – Photoshop CS6

How To Record and Save a Photoshop Action – Photoshop CS6

What is a Photoshop action?

An action is a  set of commands(or one command) which are recorded to be used as single operation. Actions come in handy at times of processing photos in a batch. Any photographic effect can be achieved and set in these actions. In this tutorial, I am going to demonstrate how to record and save an action. I am using Photoshop CS6 for this.

How to create?

Firstly, if you do not have the Actions Panel visible on your work-space, you can go to Windows->Actions or press “Alt + F9” to make it visible. Now, click on the New Action button and name it (as shown in the image).

New Action - Photoshop

Name the Action

You can create a new set if you want to create multiple actions and also set a shortcut function key for that particular function.

Next click on the record button recor , and perform the steps you would like to save. Try to be very precise, for example if you are dealing with dimensions, keep in mind and make sure that the action works with all image sizes. After you are done with steps, stop the recording. You have created an action now 🙂


How to save/export?

Designers can sell their actions and for this the “.atn” file is needed to be made. You can save these by selecting your action set and clicking thesmall-button button and choosing the save action option.

saving actions

And you’re done! Choose the directory you want and save the .atn file. You can sell/use this action on any computer.

Best of Luck!

About Ali Zohaib

O-level student at St. Patrick’s High School, Karachi. I am an avid designer, part-time blogger and technology enthusiast. Recently I became a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.


  1. S. the photographer

    Hey Ali,

    Thank you so much for making these instructions for recording and saving actions. I’m working on my website and this saved me a LOT of time and even more frustration.

    You’re great!

  2. Thanks for this informative and helpful tutorial 🙂

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